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Blair County

Crisis Intervention Hotline

County Lifeline:

1-814-946-2141

Contact Information

Jacque Harpster – 814-889-2149
Cindy James – 814-693-3023
Central Point of Contact
Altoona Regional Health System, Behavioral Health
501 Howard Ave., Building C, Suite 201
Altoona, PA

County Suicide Prevention Taskforce

Jacque Harpster
Central Point of Contact
Altoona Regional Health System, Behavioral Health
501 Howard Ave., Building C, Suite 201
Altoona, PA
814-889-2149
http://blaircountysuicideprevention.org

The Blair County Suicide Prevention Task Force was established in October 2004 under the auspices of the Blair County Mental Health Office.  The task force consists of representatives from various entities with the mission of stopping suicide in Blair County.

County Suicide Prevention

Training for school and medical personnel
Parent education
Student education
Yellow Ribbon Campaign

Signs of Suicide Program
Substance abuse prevention

Implemented a fall suicide awareness campaign in 2008 and will continue to work on community awareness throughout the year. Through the Student Assistance Program, conduct a summer suicide support group for youth who have lost a loved one due to suicide.

County Screening for Suicide Prevention

Student Assistance Program
Community screening

County Mental Health Resources

Specialized outpatient mental health services for youth at risk for suicide: Altoona Regional Health System Behavioral Health Services
School-based mental health services: Altoona Regional Health System Behavioral Health Services

Support groups: Altoona Regional Health System Behavioral Health Services

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Contact

Name of Chapter: Central Pennsylvania Chapter

Contact Name: Samantha Benz, Area Director, Eastern and Central PA

 

 

 

Contact Number: 1-814-357-5829

Contact Email: sbenz@afsp.org

 

Support Group Information

UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health Services

501 Howard Ave

Altoona, PA 16601

1-814-889-2706

marinepl@upmc.edu

Contact Person : Amanda Dell

Leader Type : PROF

Meetings/Month : 3rd Wednesday of each Month at 7-8pm

Charge : NO

Newsletter : NO

Additional Information : Meets in Access Center, Building C